di Santa Sofia - Strada Nova, Canaregio 4193 - Venice
The Church of Santa Sofia is located within the Sestiere di Canaregio along the Strada Nova.
The building over time has been engulfed by the line of houses of the street and often goes unnoticed. If you move away from Strada Nova towards the boat, you can appreciate the profile of the bell tower and the tympanum of the church coming out of the buildings.
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History of the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena of Venice
The first church dates back to 1020 when it was commissioned by the noble Gussoni family and Giorgio Tribuno who built a church with three naves and octagonal apses.
The church was restored in 1225, in the fifteenth century, in 1508 and in the last years of the seventeenth century; this last time it was designed by Antonio Gaspari who gave it a modern look.
Suppressed by Napoleonic edicts in 1810, it was sold to a Jewish merchant who converted it into a warehouse. It had to wait until 1836 for its reopening as a branch of San Felice.
The church was chosen by the musician Benedetto Marcello who wanted his funeral to be celebrated here. For it he even composed some of his famous salms.
It is not easy to identify the small church of Santa Sofia in the row of houses of Strada Nuova, in fact the facade is almost completely missing and it is accessed through a door with rather common features.
The interior preserves two paintings of the school of Bassano – on the sides of the presbytery – and a Baptism of Christ by G. Heintz on the main altar.
But the real treasure were the doors of the organ of the sacristy painted by Jacopo Palma the Younger and preserved today in the deposits of the Galleries of the Acccedemia.
How to get to the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena of Venice
The Church of Santa Maria Maddalena is located in Campo Maddalena along the Strada Nova and is easily reached on foot from the Station area with a 10-minute walk.
By vaporetto the nearest stop is San Marcuola.
Useful information for the visit
Hours: not available
All the churches of the Sestiere of Canaregio in Venice
Tickets: entrance free.